Rocket1 Racing and Brandon Sheppard hit the road with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) over the weekend. LOLMDS competition took the team to Indiana and Ohio with their Valvoline No. 1 Seubert Calf Ranches / XR1 Rocket Chassis / Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model.
Saturday found Rocket1 Racing at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway for the annual Indiana Icebreaker. In a field of 44 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series entries, Sheppard posted the fastest time in his qualifying group to earn the pole position for his heat race. He battled adverse track conditions to pick up the eight-lap heat race victory.
Unfortunately, citing safety concerns for competitors due to the deteriorating track conditions, series and track officials postponed the remainder of the program to Sunday, May 2.
Shifting to Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio on Sunday, Brandon was one of 29 competitors on hand to chase a $12,000 top prize. After getting behind in qualifying, Sheppard advanced from fifth to finish third in his heat race.
Starting the 50-lap main event in ninth, Brandon raced inside the Top-10 for much of the race before slipping to a 12th-place outing.
“It was an interesting weekend for sure. Brownstown was as tricky as I’ve ever seen it, but we showed speed before they decide to postpone the feature,” Sheppard noted. “Then at Atomic we didn’t have the qualifying effort we needed and that left us behind the eight ball for pretty much the rest of the night. The entire team is working hard though, and we’ll look to park it in Victory Lane this weekend in South Carolina.”
For complete results from these events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.
This weekend – March 26-27 – the team will return to action with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series with a trip to Cherokee Speedway for the Rock Gault Memorial. Action opens on Friday night with the field being divided into a pair of $5,000-to-win, prelim events. On Saturday night a hefty $40,000 winner’s check is on the line.
Sheppard currently sits second in the latest World of Outlaws Late Model Series standings. To learn more about these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.
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